Women's Soccer Hosts Bucknell For Midweek Matchup

Sept. 30, 2014

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Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Bucknell Bison (5-5-2, 0-1-1 Patriot League)
• Over the weekend, Bucknell recorded two ties in 48 hours. On Firday, the Bison played fellow Patriot League foe Lehigh University to a scoreless draw. Bucknell went on to record another tie, 1-1, in double-overtime versus defending Northeast Conference champion Saint Francis (Pa.) Sunday afternoon. 
• The Bison opened Patriot League play on Saturday, Sept. 20, dropping a road contest to the United States Military Academy, 2-1.
• The Bison are 3-4-1 on the road, and like the Greyhounds are looking for their first league win of the season.  
• Bucknell has scored 10 of its 18 goals in the second half. 
• Kendall Ham leads the offense with four goals and 10 points. The rookie forward is tied for second among Patriot League players in points, recording only one more than Loyola’s Jessica Van Dyke .  
• Madison Loos, Evelyn Nicinski, Brigit Falcon and Jackie Ham have eached scored two goals, while Alexis Gannon, Maddie Mulford, Danielle Piccirilli, Montana Paley and Cora Climo have each contributed one. Out of all Patriot League teams, Bucknell’s offense has had the most players record goals (10) than any other program. Holy Cross is close behind with nine players scoring goals this season. 
• In goal, Jessie Ashworth has started 11 games, giving up 13 goals for a 1.29 goals-against average. She’s also stopped 45 shots for a .776 save percentage. Dana Calderone and Jessica Ratner have each played over 100 minutes, making seven saves a piece in five combined matches. 

Series History vs. The Bison
• Loyola holds a 3-1-1 overall record against Bucknell, but the Bison won the last matchup in 2013. 
• The Greyhounds won the first three contests, the last being a 2-1 decision at Loyola’s Diane Geppi-Aikens field in 2007.
• Loyola and Bucknell first met in the Greyhounds’ inaugural season (1993), followed by another match the following year in 1994. The Greyhounds won both games by a 1-0 decision. 

The Greyhounds (4-5-1, 0-1-1 Patriot League)
• Loyola is looking for its first Patriot League win of the season. With a 0-0 tie in Worcester, Mass., the Greyhounds earned their first conference point in the Patriot League opener against Holy Cross.
• Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke leads the offense with four goals and is tied for second among Patriot League players for the most goals this season. Junior Rosy Hayes is second on the team with two goals, while sophomores Maddie Boccio , Nicole Wahlig , Jess Soldiviero and Kelsey Targarona have each scored a goal this season.
• In goal, senior Colleen Folan has played all 930 minutes, recording five shutouts this season.

Last Time Out
• Loyola came up short on Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex, falling to the Colgate University Radiers, 1-0.
• Colgate scored three minutes into the first overtime when Catherine Williams put away the rebound of a saved shot by Loyola’s Colleen Folan
• Junior Charlotte Miller gave the Greyhounds’ their first opportunity to score in the fourth minute, but Colgate’s Erin Cummings was there for the save.
• Loyola’s best opportunity to score came in the 71st minute. Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke found herself one-on-one with Cummings, but the goalkeeper smothered the ball preventing the Greyhounds from scoring.
• Folan played 93 minutes in goal for Loyola, recording a game-high four saves in her second-straight overtime contest.

Up Next
• The Greyhounds head out for a two-game road trip starting with the United States Military Academy on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Two days later, Loyola will take on the University of Pennsylvania. The matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Patriot League Honors
Nicole Wahlig, Kelly Santangelo and Colleen Folan have received Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week honors this season. Throughout the year, Folan, junior Rosy Hayes and sophomore Maddie Bocci have also been named to the honorable mention lists. 
• Wahlig became the first Greyhound of the 2014 season to acquire weekly honors, earning the accolade on August 25. In addition, Folan and Hayes were included on the league’s honorable mention list.  
• Wahlig guided the defense to a 2-0 shutout victory over George Mason, proving to be a dominating presence in the air.
• Three weeks later, Santangelo earned defensive honors on Sept. 15, while Folan and Boccio were named to the honorable mention list.  
• Santangelo guided the defense to back-to-back shutouts against Towson University and Mount St. Mary’s University on Friday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 14. 
• Folan earned her first weekly award on September 22, becoming the first Greyhound to earn Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors since joining the league in 2013.
• Folan carded her third-straight clean sheet following a scoreless draw versus the Holy Cross Crusaders, and saved a career-high seven shots in the Patriot League opener. 

Meiburger’s First Head Coaching Win
• On Friday, Aug. 22, first-year head coach Naomi Meiburger recorded her first head coaching victory, 2-0, at George Mason University.
• Meiburger returned to her alma mater to kick off the 2014 season, and recorded a shutout on the same field where she played in goal for the Patriots nearly 10 years earlier.

Collegiate Debut
• Freshman Alyssa Bonnesen made her collegiate debut in this year’s season opener at George Mason, starting at forward for the Greyhounds. 
• In the following match, Bonnesen recorded her first collegiate point, assisting on a goal by Rosy Hayes at UMBC. 
• Sophomores Jess Soldiviero and Kelsey Targarona scored their first collegiate goals this season, while goalkeeper Colleen Folan recorded her first shutout victory in the season opener at George Mason. 

Patriot League Preseason Poll
• Loyola was picked to finish eighth in the 2014 Patriot League Preseason Poll.  
• Boston University was chosen as the favorite to win the Patriot League women’s soccer title, collecting 15 first-place votes and 159 points. The United States Naval Academy received the remaining first-place votes and were predicted to finish second with 148 votes.
• The United States Military Academy polled fourth with 101 points, and American University was fifth with 98. Bucknell University grabbed the sixth spot with 82 points, while Lehigh University came in seventh with 55 points. Loyola took eighth with 46 points, three more than College of the Holy Cross at ninth. Lafayette College finished 10th with 37 points.

Meet The New Faces On The Sidelines
• On February 6, 2014, Naomi Meiburger was named the fifth head coach in the 22-year history of Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer.
• Meiburger recently completed her 11th year at Georgetown where she served as the women’s soccer associate head coach for the last three seasons. She helped the Hoyas reach the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the second year in a row, and the team finished 2013 with a 16-3-2 record.
• Meiburger started her tenure at Georgetown in 2003 as an assistant coach, and was promoted to associate head coach in January 2011 after the Hoyas’ run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• She worked specifically with the Hoyas’ goalkeepers and defenders, and was instrumental in the development of National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region All-America goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (2007-2010). Under Meiburger’s leadership, DesJardin and the Georgetown defense ranked 42nd out of 325 NCAA Division I teams in goals against average (0.809) in 2010.
• Assistant Coach Jim McGirr , a veteran to the women’s soccer world, returns to Loyola after spending a year on the Evergreen Campus from 2002-03 as an assistant to then-Head Coach Joe Mallia. During his time, he helped the Greyhounds to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Prior to his return, McGirr spent nine seasons as the head coach at Providence College. In his first stint at head coach, he trained and developed five Big East All-Conference players and led the Friars to the 2011 Big East quarterfinals. The next year, the Friars received the 2012 NCAA Public Recognition Award given to the top 10 percent of teams nationally in the Academic Progress Rate report.
• Assistant Coach Stephen McKenna came to Loyola after serving one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown University with Meiburger. He helped the Hoyas to a 16-3-2 season and the team’s second-consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance.
• The final addition to Meiburger’s staff is former West Virginia University standout and current Western New York Flash player Erica Henderson . The Rochester, New York, native will serve as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 season. 
• Henderson led West Virginia to two BIG EAST Championships and four-straight NCAA College Cup appearances, earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors in 2010 and 2011.
• Professionally, she was drafted to the Western New York Flash in the fourth round of the 2013 Women’s Pro Soccer Draft. In her first year, the squad finished first among teams in the NWSL, going 10-4 during the season.

Key Returners
• Loyola returns all four starters on the back line - senior Kelly Santangelo, junior Riley Piechnick and sophomores Morgan Crable and Nicole Wahlig . The defense held opponents to a 1.53 goals-against average in 2013, contributing one shutout victory against American University on October 23.
• Offensively, the Greyhounds return four of their top-five goal scorers in juniors Charlotte Miller , Rosy Hayes , and sophomores Maddie Boccio and Nicole Wahlig .

Freshmen Class
• The Greyhounds welcome four newcomers to the squad this year - Alyssa Bonnesen (Stirling, N.J.), Lauryn Davidson (Deer Park, N.Y.), Zoe Derrickson (Baltimore, Md.) and Courtney Simpson (Marlton, N.J.). 

Team Captains
• Seniors Colleen Folan , Lindsay LeSavage and Kelly Santangelo return to the Greyhounds’ lineup as captains for the 2014 season. 
• Folan, the 2014-15 president of Loyola’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, brings leadership and experience to the team. The Downingtown, Pennsylvania, native played in three matches as goalie, twice as the starting keeper for the Greyhounds in 2013. Folan logged 11 saves during her career to go along with an impressive .864 save percentage. She set a career-high mark in saves during the season opener at Towson last year, stopping five shots in a win against the Tigers.
• LeSavage returns to Loyola after playing in 14 matches during her collegiate career. The Lithia, Florida, native finished her rookie campaign with three shots, including one on net against Saint Louis University. The following season, Loyola won every game in which LeSavage contributed playing time, boosting the team to an impressive 12-6-4 record, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA College Cup.
• Santangelo, a driving force for the Greyhounds’ defense, returns to Loyola with both playing and leadership experience. The middle back helped Loyola hold teams scoreless for 389 minutes from October 21 - November 4 of her junior year. That same season, Santangelo proved to be strong at both ends of the field, recording her first collegiate goal in a 6-0 shutout against Saint Peter’s. She was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team as a defender and guided the Greyhounds to a conference title the following season in Poughkeepsie, New York.